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Nehemiah, the young son of a Jewish woman, a weaver from Jerusalem, is born and raised among the Jews who didn't return to Jerusalem from the Exile. Educated by Rabbi Kagba, one of the magi present at Jesus' birth thirty years earlier, Nehemiah grows up with the expectation of a soon-coming Messiah. Could the Yeshua of Nazareth, who is walking the earth, reportedly doing miracles, be that Messiah?

When young Nehemiah must travel the long caravan road to Jerusalem, he is charged with an unusual mission - to carry a mysterious object back to the holy city of Jerusalem...an object whose reappearance heralds the Messiah's arrival.

Nehemiah arrives in Jerusalem just as the final events of Jesus' earthly ministry are coming to a climax: The Feast of Dedication, the Triumphal Entry, the last cleansing of the Temple, and culminating at the Last Supper in the Upper Room. Only Nehemiah understands the true sacrifice that is to come as he makes the cup worthy of his Savior.

©2014 Zondervan (P)2014 Zondervan

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An Inspiration

A beautiful story of the heart leading one to a greater love of God. The bravery of the young boy Nehemiah and his journey, inspires the listener to read God's word with true reverence and to seek to know Him and draw closer to Him in the sure knowledge that He loves us more than anyone else.

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  • Marva
  • Gaithersburg, MD, United States
  • 11-24-14

Nehemiah

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. An eye-opener and another level of knowledge of Jesus' mission; another level of knowledge of those who loved and served him, and another level of the activities of the times. It's a great book!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nehemiah. Because the Lord was with him his entire life.

Have you listened to any of Tom O'Malley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I've not, but I enjoyed his soothing voice.

If you could rename Take This Cup, what would you call it?

Nehemiah.

Any additional comments?

Great Book!

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LOVE this book!

What made the experience of listening to Take This Cup the most enjoyable?

The reader of the book brought the story to life. Brock & Brodie Thoene have written an excellent story. They truly bring to life what it might have been like to be in Jerusalem during Jesus's time.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, it made me laugh and cry. But hearing of Jesus's final days. The writers and reader made it seem like I was there. Knowing what was to come for Jesus.. I was overwhelmed.

Any additional comments?

Get this book!! You won't be disapointed!!

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Storyteller

No way can any of us who are followers of Jesus can retell His stories. I think as He told them all who were listening and not trying to find fault with the Christ had do many truths locked in their hearts and were so amazed as those truths unlocked and were revealed.
I did enjoy this very much and it is shown many times throughout the author's writing as to the amount of research which went into so many many chapters. Thank you.

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Take this cup

Isaiah 55:11 says that my word that goes out from me will not return to me empty. This beautifully narrated story filled with Gospel history and scripture returned His word to me with gentleness and wisdom.

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Disappointing for Thoene Book

The story was good enough, but several fantasies beyond belief lowered it for me. The more serious problem was that the narrator, Tom O'Malley, gave a rather bland, uninspired performance. He has a good voice, but he really needs some serious voice acting coaching if he plans to gain fans. His monotone droning almost put me to sleep several times and succeeded once. There was a rather grotesque author's end note that sounded rather cultic (and inappropriate, I thought.) It was said that some people believe that Joseph of Aramatheia actually collected the blood of Jesus in a silver chalice as He bled and died on the cross. That sounds like a Catholic heresy from the Middle Ages, and it certainly is not believable! This was the first Thoene book that I had to literally force myself to complete.

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Love Those Thoenes

Where does Take This Cup rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's a 10 !

What was one of the most memorable moments of Take This Cup?

Too many to state.

What does Tom O'Malley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It's like being there.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I've never been good at titles

Any additional comments?

I'd recommend it to anyone interested in the time period.

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Excellent story once again!

I feel the same way as I did about the first Jerusalem Chronicles book, ‘When Jesus Wept,’ with one exception. The narrator for the previous book was superb. But this one is still an insightful and worthy listen.

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Finer biblical details are great!

The subtlety of the story truly wraps you up and carries you along. The story has many fine details connecting the Tanak and Renewed Covenant seamlessly embedded into the story that most will miss. I thoroughly enjoyed this book which brought me to tears in many ways. Things you think are tragedy end up being joyous in the end, just as the crucifixion is.

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Phenomenal portraits

Amazing book of tears and great joy!!! It was incredibly well written and believable. The parts of the gospel inserted seemed to come alive in a new way. Yet there was a new beautiful story involved. Highly recommend it!!!

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  • Mishah Ness
  • 02-26-18

Insight in a very enjoyable way

Master story tellers offering spiritual, cultural and historical insight. I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it

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  • Tobi Ruth White
  • 07-19-17

good story, but not well read

I love these authors but because of the monotone readying and voice that didn't seem to match the characters I didn't get caught up in the story as much